Friday, June 22, 2007

The perils of Gmail.

You know how Gmail anticipates the email address when you start to type it? Like, you'll type in "b" for "babysitter" and it'll pull up "big-name author you emailed last year?"

You see where this is going?

Yes, I did it. I invited a famous author to babysit for Bean next week.

Fortunately, she has a sense of humor and responded kindly to let me know that I'd probably emailed the wrong person. (She was also kind enough to let me know that she wasn't available, which not all babysitters do.)

I'd love to know the most embarrassing thing you've ever done on email...


Veronica said...

Heh. That's funny. Embarassing, but funny.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't email, but I accidentally sent a sympathy card to my aunt for her birthday, and a birthday card to my mom's friend who just lost her husband. They both understood.

Anna said...

I have received a number of misdirected Gmails. One was a string of bizarre, anal-retentive emails from a father to his YOUNG children (like all of these kids were under 10) with requests to clean their rooms, clean the basement, remember to keep ice cream off the seats of his car, phone etiquette while he was at work, etc. He sent me emails for months, even after I told him I wasn't one of his kids.

I also received a number of emails regaring a separate person with my name who was suing her landlord. I then got an email from the woman's lawyer, commanding me to immediately delete all the emails I'd just received and risk a suit filed against me if I shared them with anyone.

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